The Works of Tacitus: The Oxford Translation, Revised. With Notes ..., Volume 1

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Harper & brothers, 1860

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Page 423 - Hence, to suppress the rumor, he falsely charged with the guilt, and punished with the most exquisite tortures, the persons commonly called Christians,1 who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of that name, was put to death as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea, in the reign of Tiberius...
Page 423 - ... declined, burned to serve for nocturnal lights. Nero offered his own gardens for that spectacle, and exhibited a Circensian game, indiscriminately mingling with the common people in the habit of a charioteer, or else standing in his chariot. Whence a feeling of compassion arose toward the sufferers, though guilty and deserving to be made examples of by capital punishment, because they seemed not to be cut off for the public good, but victims to the ferocity of one man.
Page 139 - But what is it that I am first to prohibit ? what excess retrench to the ancient standard ? Am I to begin with that of our country seats, spacious without bounds ; and with the number of domestics, from various countries? or with the quantity of silver and gold? or with the pictures, and statues of brass, the wonders of art? or with vestments, promiscuously worn by men and women...
Page 417 - ... who were ranged according to their age, and accomplishments in the science of debauchery. He had procured fowl and venison from remote regions, with sea-fish even from the ocean; upon the margin of the lake were erected brothels, filled with ladies of distinction; over against...
Page 141 - But when tyrants shed the blood of their subjects, and the greatness of reputation formed a motive for destruction, those who escaped grew wiser : besides, men of no family frequently chosen senators from the municipal towns, from the colonies, and even from the provinces, brought with them the frugality they observed at home; and though, by good fortune or industry, many of them grew wealthy as they grew old, yet their former habits continued.
Page 453 - All rang'd in order, and dispos'd with grace ; But less to please the eye, than arm the hand, Still fit for use, and ready at command. Thee, bold...
Page 16 - ... exemptions from duty; but, by Hercules, stripes, wounds, hard winters and laborious summers, bloody wars and barren peace, were miseries eternally to be endured; nor remained there other remedy than to enter the service upon certain conditions, as that their pay should be a denarius a day, sixteen years be the utmost term of serving; beyond that period to be no longer obliged to follow the colors, but have their reward in money, paid them in the camp where they earned it. Did the praetorian guards,...
Page 190 - Augustus and persecute his children : his divine spirit was not transfused into dumb statues : the genuine images of Augustus were the living descendants from his celestial blood : she herself was one ; one sensible of impending danger, and now in the mournful state of a suppliant. In vain was 1'ulchra set up as the object of attack ; when the only cause of her overthrow was her affection for Agrippina foolishly carried even to adoration.

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